Photo: Lionel Messi, Soccer Phenom
We are surprised it took this long. The kid is not only a kind, charming gentleman, but simply put an artist, when it comes to playing fútbol.
According to France Football, one of the world’s leading soccer magazines, Leo earns a whopping $44.1-million a year in salary and endorsement income, sending Galaxy’s David Beckham to the #2 spot, as he earns 3.4 million less than the phenom.
Close to Messi and Beckham is Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, with a combined income of $40 million.
The rest of France Football Magazine top 10 money makers are Kaka (Real Madrid), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Ronaldinho (Flamengo), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan).
One can only wonder why it took this long. Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham sure are great players, but the two combined are still far from the sheer elegance of Messi’s game; A video of Messi’s goals for any given week this year, looks like a compilation of the most remarkable goals of the last ten years.
Messi has a scandal-free career, a genuinely humble demeanor, and is a role model who leads by example. La Pulga Messi is not just the best player of the moment, but without a doubt the most complete player soccer has seen in a long, long time.
The internet is full of videos showcasing Leo’s skills and talents (feel free to post your favorites in the comment section below), we decided to just choose one goal, our favorite of 2011, from a few weeks ago against Arsenal.
Pure Fútbol Art.